Top 5 Places to Visit in Tokyo For Anime Lovers
1. Studio Ghibli Museum, Mitaka
This museum is a very popular destination for those who love Studio Ghibli’s animated films. The museum features original art, the history of the studio, original short films (featured only at the museum) and much more! They also have many exhibitions on which are constantly changing, for example, the latest exhibition was all about the colour of Studio Ghibli films! The museum also features a shop selling original merchandise and also has a rooftop garden, great for taking photos! This really is somewhere that can’t be missed for anime and Studio Ghibli lovers!
Tickets must be booked online in advance. Tickets for each month are realised on the first day of the month. Tickets cost 1000 yen for adults. For more information
Take the JR Chuo line from Shinjuku station (新宿) to Mitaka station (三鷹). From there you can either walk to the museum, which takes approx 15 minutes, or you can get a community bus from the station directly to the museum. This bus stop is located at bus stop no.9 at the south exit of the station. It costs 320 yen for a round trip on the bus.
2. Pokemon Center MEGA Tokyo, Ikebukuro
This is a must for those who love all things pokemon. located in Ikebukuro, this is the BIGGEST official pokemon store in Tokyo. The store offers a wide range of Pokemon goods, from games to merchandise, there really is something for every fan here! This shop isn’t only great for buying Pokemon merchandise, but also offers some great photo spots too (In particular the entrance which has charizard on display along with a giant pokeball!!) This really is an essential place to go for those who love Pokemon.
From Shinjuku station take the JR Yamanote line to Ikebukuro station (池袋), which takes around 20 mins. The store is located in Sunshine City which is a 7 min walk from the station.
Of course this list could not be made without mentioning the place in Tokyo that is most well known for anime, Akihabara (or as some call it Akiba). Akihabara is known for all things otaku; such as anime, manga, figurines, idols and so on. If you’re looking to buy some cheap anime merch Akihabara is the place to go, shops such as Mandarake and Animate are your best bet for finding what you need! Once you’re done shopping check out the SEGA arcades and try out the UFO catchers and other arcade games, you won’t regret it!
From Shinjuku, take the Chuo-sobu Line directly to Akihabara station (秋葉原). The train ride takes approx 20 mins.
4. J-WORLD TOKYO, Ikebukuro
J-WORLD TOKYO is an indoor theme park based on the popular manga magazine, ‘shonen jump’. This theme park hosts many rides and attractions, each relating to a different anime. There are Naruto, Dragonball and One peice themed rides, along with many more! There is also a food court which has been heavily influenced by various shone jump anime, along with a huge array of prize games! This really is a great place for anime lovers!
1300yen for entry only, 2900 yen for unlimited rides and entry.
Take the Yamanote line to Ikebukuro station. The theme park is located in Sunshine City which is a 7 min walk from the station.
5. Nakano Broadway
Nakano Broadway is a shopping centre in Nakano which is known for its vast array of shops selling anime goods. There are many shops selling manga, figurines, anime merch and much more! Nakano broadway is also known for it’s price and has a lot of shops selling anime merch for a very reasonable price! There are also many shops selling vintage and limited edition anime merch/ collectables.
Take the JR Chuo Line from Shinjuku station to Nagano station (中野). The train takes approx 4 mins. Nakano Broadway is located directly opposite the station.
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